my early work: looking back to see how far I've come
I've been creating art for ages, but I've only been drawing and painting consistently since March 1st 2017 when I did a 30 day doodle challenge held by Jennifer Bates (Sealemon on Instagram). And the reason I decided to start this challenge was because on February 26th or 27th, 2017 I was stuck in a really boring meeting and decided to entertain myself by doodling on my notes.
I loved how this little weirdo flower turned out and decided that as soon as I got back to my desk I was going to look for some kind of doodle challenge. I didn't expect to create art, I just wanted to doodle because I liked the way it made me feel. I missed drawing and I always enjoyed being given assignments by my art teachers in high school.
I haven't really looked back at those 30 doodles since I finished them, but I can assure you they're not good. They were done on crappy paper because that's what I had and I used highlighters to colour many of them. Besides supplies for acrylic painting which I still did at the time off and on, I didn't really have much to create with. But by the end of the month I knew I would keep going and ended up investing in some good pencil crayons and watercolour paints. Good paper came later.
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Admittedly I left out the really awful ones. I don't want you to cringe your face all the way off! But looking back wasn't as bad for me as I was expecting. I was happy to see that even back then I was incorporating a lot of things I do now; patterns, attempts at hand lettering, and the importance of colour. I also noticed that the doodles got more complex as the month went on which I attribute to a boost in confidence.
I 100% attribute my current creative practice and the motivation and discipline behind it to this little social media challenge. I really have created so much work since then. Something I'm amazed at every day!